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CMA Music Fest 2010 (PHOTOS)

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    Concert Blast photographers Brian Hasbrook and James Downing captured the concert scene and many of the CMA Fest fans through the eye of the camera.   Enjoy the various photo links  from Brian and James. Continue Reading…

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      CMA Festival 2010 – Nashville, TN – Part 3 (PODCAST 173)

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        Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and James Downing close out the series from the CMA Fest 2010 coverage with interviews with Bo Bice, Burns and Poe, Chelsea Field, Susan Hickman, and a preview from the CMT Secret Concert.

        This show begins with the Saturday CMA coverage as Mike, Brian, and James start the day at the Nashville club, Limelight, where Bo Bice held his fan club party.  Bo provided a breakfast, a short concert from some of his new material from his new CD 3, and a meet and greet with his fans. Continue Reading…

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          CMA Festival 2010 – Nashville, TN – 6/10/2010 – Part 1 (PODCAST 171)

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            PODCAST AUDIO LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST
            CMA MUSIC FEST 2010
            CMA MUSIC FEST 2010

            Once again it was time for another CMA Music Festival.  As Mike Arnold mentioned in his book, the CMA Fest is the best music festival Concert Blast has ever covered.

            The Sign Says It All

            The Sign Says It All

            From the staff that run the festival, to the locations where the events take place, to the artists, their management, their publicists, and especially the fans! Continue Reading…

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              Alice Cooper Concert Review – Knoxville, TN – 5/17/2010 (BLOG)

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                Alice Cooper
                May 17, 2010
                Knoxville Memorial Coliseum
                Knoxville TN

                Written by James Downing


                When I was 14 years old I was listening to the music of The Partridge Family, Bobby Sherman, The Osmonds and all of the other “Bubblegum Music” of that era. I thought this music was so cool. Little did I know I had no idea what cool was.

                I remember sitting in study hall reading a teen magazine and a friend came up and thumbed through it.
                He asked me a question that would change the way I looked at music for the rest of my life. He said, “Have you ever listened to Alice Cooper?”

                Alice Cooper In Concert

                Alice Cooper In Concert

                Of course my response was “Who is she?” He laughed and said it was a guy. Continue Reading…

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                  The Bangles Concert Review – St Louis – The Pageant – 5/2/2010 (BLOG)

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                    The Bangles

                    May 2, 2010

                    The Pageant

                    St Louis, MO

                    Written by James Downing

                    While Mike, Brian, and Tom were paddling their way around Memphis during the Memphis In May festivities, I was high and dry in St Louis for The Bangles concert at The Pageant. The Bangles have always been one of my all time favorite bands but I had never had the chance to see them live. When I saw that they were playing a date in St Louis, I put in for my vacation days at work and got a ticket the first day they went on sale. I was very excited during the weeks leading up to the show. I was finally going to get to see The Bangles live!

                    James Downing with Susanna Hoffs

                    James Downing with Susanna Hoffs

                    The Bangles were the off spring of another band called The Bangs. An LA band with it roots firmly in the Paisley Pop sound that is so popular in that city. Michael Steele, who was also a brief member of The Runaways, teamed up with sisters Vicki (guitar) and Debbie Peterson (drums) and Susanna Hoffs (guitar) to form one of the most memorable bands from the 80′s. Continue Reading…

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                      Heart Concert Review – Chattanooga, TN – 4/15/2010 (BLOG)

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                        Heart

                        Chattanooga, TN April 15, 2010

                        Tunica, MS April 17, 2010

                        In the 70′s one thing was rare in rock and roll. That was a rock band that was fronted by a woman. You had the Carly Simons and the Carole Kings but there just wasn’t that many “rocker chicks” making music in the 70′s. That was until 1975 when two sisters from Seattle, Washington released the album “Dreamboat Annie”. The record was a huge hit and was heard blasting out of the speakers of any rock station not only in America, but all over the world. The two sisters were Ann and Nancy Wilson. They followed up “Dreamboat Annie” with “Magazine”, “Little Queen”, “Dog & Butterfly” and many more. Each album spawned hit single after hit single. The hits kept coming and the band had even more success in the 80′s.

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                          WHO IS CONCERT BLAST? – Concert Blast – About Us

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                            Concert Blast began with Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson. Three guys who grew up together in the Nashville, TN area. These guys have attended hundreds (if not over a thousand) concerts.

                            Every time the guys would get together with friends, they would all want to know about the shows they’ve seen and found themselves discussing these concerts for long periods of time.

                            Concert Blast on the Bonnaroo Media Stage

                            Concert Blast on the Bonnaroo Media Stage - (left to right) Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson

                            Mike thought a music talk show would make a great radio show. After failing to convince radio stations/companies that this format could be good for radio, he gave up. A couple of years later, Mike was introduced to podcasting. He approached Brian and Tom about the idea of discussing concerts on a podcast and they said let’s do it! Concert Blast formed a family friendly podcast and the first podcast was uploaded in May of 2005.

                            Since our website began back in May of 2005 and have produced more than 200 audio shows with many blogs and posted photos.

                            We have been invited to cover many concerts and music festivals such as the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, CMA Music Festival, as well as many of the top Music Concerts (Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, Ringo Starr, Bob Seger, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Joan Jett, Night Ranger, and many more).

                            We usually feature Classic Rock acts, but we do not limit ourselves to it.

                            We were featured as one of the Top 5 Classic Rock podcasts from Classic Rock About.com.
                            http://classicrock.about.com/od/2005/tp/rock_myths.htm

                            In 2008 we were nominated as one of the People’s Choice Podcast Awards.

                            Concert Blast Book - Concert Blast Experiences Written by Mike Arnold

                            In 2009 James Downing joined the team as a blogger while Mike Arnold took time off to write his book on our Concert Blast Experiences.  James departed Concert Blast in 2012 to concentrate on his own blog/podcast/photos website, Monsters From The Basement.

                            In April 2010 Mike Arnold released his book:

                            “CONCERT BLAST EXPERIENCES Guest List-Backstage-VIP” and is back podcasting with Concert Blast.

                            CONCERT BLAST EXPERIENCES
                            Guest List-Backstage-VIP
                            http://www.concertblast.com/book.html

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                              Heart Concert Photos – Tunica, MS – 4/17/2010 (PHOTOS)

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                                Heart in concert at Harrah’s in Tunica, MS – 4/17/2010

                                Submitted by James Downing

                                Heart went down south of Memphis, TN to the gambling area of Tunica, Mississippi to perform at the concert theatre in Harrah’s (formerly the Grand Casino).

                                Nancy Wilson of Heart

                                Nancy Wilson in Concert

                                Ann and Nancy Wilson along with their band thrilled the packed house while James Downing took the photos.

                                Ann Wilson

                                Ann Wilson in Concert - Tunica, MS - 4/17/2010

                                Nancy Wilson

                                Nancy Wilson in Concert - Tunica, MS 4/17/2010

                                CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PHOTOS!

                                Enjoy!

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                                  TRAIN CONCERT PHOTOS – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium – 4/02/2010 (PHOTOS)

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                                    One of Concert Blast’s favorite band, Train, performed in Nashville, TN at the Ryman Auditorium on Good Friday, April 2nd, 2010 and Concert Blast photographer Brian Hasbrook was on hand for the photos.

                                    Enjoy the Train Concert Photos!

                                    DSC_0232 by Concertblast BJH.

                                    CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PHOTOS

                                     

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                                      TRAIN Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium – 4/02/2010 (PODCAST 166)

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                                        PODCAST AUDIO LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

                                        One of Concert Blast’s favorite band, Train, performed in Nashville, TN at the Ryman Auditorium on Good Friday, April 2nd, 2010 and the guys were there to enjoy the show while writing the concert review for a podcast.

                                        DSC_0140 by Concertblast BJH.

                                        On this particular night, all 4 members of the Concert Blast team were together to start the podcast, but on the concert  review portion of the podcast, James Downing had a Meet & Greet VIP Pass to meet the band members after the show while Mike, Brian, and Tom recorded the concert review.

                                        DSC_0166 by Concertblast BJH.

                                        This is the best setlist and most energetic performance the guys had seen Train perform, although it wasn’t as energetic as the Pat Monahan Solo Tour.

                                        DSC_0195 by Concertblast BJH.

                                        Enjoy the Train Concert Review!

                                        Concert Blast – Show 166 – Train Concert Review – 2010

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